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Here are the resources I consider essential to learn how to speak Irish.
FAVOURITE COURSES & APPS TO GIVE YOUR IRISH A BOOST
Duolingo – Did you know that Duolingo has an Irish course? If you're very busy, you can use this program to learn Irish from your smartphone in your downtime.
Oideas Gael – an adult Irish language course in Ireland. This is where I gained my own conversational Irish. If you're able to travel to Ireland, you really can't miss this course.
IRISH SPEAKING TOOLS: PRACTICE WITH NATIVE SPEAKERS
Speak from day one is my approach to any new language. I have one tool I recommend for this:
Italki – connects you with native Irish speakers for spoken practice on Skype. You can pay Irish tutors for (affordable) one-to-one video lessons, or find a free language exchange partner! This link takes you right to the Irish tutors on the site.
IRISH TEXT-BASED COURSES AND BOOKS
Teach Yourself Complete Irish – This course book is an easy-going intro to the Irish language. It uses great examples and slowly introduces you to only-essential grammar.
Turas Teanga – Intermediate Refresher Course. This course is a good refresher for those of you who took some Irish in school and want a fun look at it used naturally.
IRISH LEARNING WEBSITES YOU MUST BOOKMARK TODAY
You’ll return to these resources again and again in your Irish study sessions.
Forvo – find out how any Irish word is pronounced. Just type the word you’re looking for into the search bar in Irish!
Gaeilge Amháin Facebook group – an active Facebook group, where users share funny videos, pictures, and stories in Irish. Post only in Irish here!
Irish Dictionary Online – Simply the best online Irish-English dictionary.
START SPEAKING IRISH NOW
Need help getting started? I designed this course to guide you through your first week:
Conversation Countdown – Have your first conversation in Irish in just seven days. This is one of our most popular courses, and with good reason, because you’ll get results fast.
MUST-READ ARTICLES ON LEARNING IRISH FASTER
- Learning the Irish Language (Gaeilge)
- Free Online Irish Language Learning Resources
- Interview in Irish (as Gaeilge): Modern Irish Use and How I Got into the Language
- The Irish Language Presented by a Leprechaun [Video]